A pleasant working environment makes a big difference to your career satisfaction. Ranstad’s annual ranking of the best places to work provides a useful reference if you’re considering moving on from your current job.
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Randstad’s list, which is based on nominations from employers and rates employers based on a variety of criteria including learning opportunities, job security and work-life balance, lists the following 20 organisations:
[block] [left] 1. ABC 2. Virgin Australia 3. BAE Systems 4. Channel Seven 5. Qantas 6. Department of Immigration & Citizenship 7. Department of Health & Ageing 8. Newcrest Mining 9. Coca-Cola Amatil 10. GHD
[/left] [right] 11. Department of Defence 12. Australia Post 13. Rio Tinto 14. Wesfarmers 15. WorleyParsons 16. BHP 17. Nestle 18. Lion 19. Westfield 20. Computershare[/right] [/block]
For IT pros, office culture is often a minor part of the equation; the ability to expand your skills or work on a major project can often be the deciding factor. But it’s worth considering. The list cover a range of employer types, and includes government organisations (which haven’t been allowed to nominate in previous years). Working in a challenged industry clearly isn’t a problem in itself, since airlines Virgin Australia and Qantas both made the list.
Is Randstad’s listing definitive? Clearly not; no system based on self-nominations is. BRW produces a similar annual list, which features rather more tech companies. We’d love to see a list of Australia’s worst employers, but I doubt too many companies would nominate themselves.
If you’ve worked in any of these companies, share the experience (good or bad) in the comments.